Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD) is characterized by a number of symptoms that begin in childhood, including:

  • Problems with attention, concentration and organization
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Fidgeting
  • Distractibility

Some people will have these symptoms minus the hyperactive fidgeting, sometimes referred to as ADD.

There is no single test for ADHD/ADD, which is a complex condition and is sometimes difficult to diagnose.

It is important to have a thorough evaluation since these symptoms could be the result of other conditions or factors not related to ADHD.

Other conditions can cause poor focus and/or distractibility

It is important to know that ADHD/ADD is not the only cause of poor focus and/or distractibility. Other causes might include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse, sleep disorders or sleep deprivation.